Linux Mozilla On Amiga
Wednesday July 21st, 1999
James Russell writes in with information regarding Mozilla on the new Amigas: "...Amiga has announced the NG Amiga MCC (multimedia convergence computer) will have an OS written atop the Linux kernel (and Java2, Jini, C++, and more) and X Windows as a lower-level piece of the new Amiga Workbench (GUI) which Amiga has said they will release back into the Linux open-source environment (yes, the Workbench) for people to improve on.
For this reason, Linux Netscape will run on NG Amiga 'seamlessly', as they put it, and therefore those programming Linuxzilla now are actually programming NG Amigazilla along with it."
Interesting news - it'll be interesting to see how Amiga accomplishes their goal.
#34 Linux Mozilla On Amiga
Thursday July 22nd, 1999 12:42 PM
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Kovu, how do you explain my Mac which is 5 years old and able to seamlessly network with all other computers in my house, access the Internet, and basically do everything necessary to computer life except play the latest games? It certainly hasn't been upgraded every five minutes, and since I've gotten 3 times more life out of it than I could expect out of a comparable PC, the price is exceedingly cheap.
$150 million is chump change to a multibillion dollar company. Apple would survive just as easily without Office between AppleWorks is comparable and most Mac heads prefer to use non-Microsoft software anyway. The tiny tiny percentage of Apple stock that Microsoft owns simply says that Apple gets a little publicity from MS.
Apple bashing is unbecoming of someone who's trying to support a computer that hasn't been viable for new development in a decade. I won't be buying an Amiga, at least in the foreseeable future, because I don't have $500 to plunk down for a machine that doesn't run either Windows or MacOS.... I just dual boot between Linux and Windows on my PC and use my Mac.
Apple is turning its greatest profits in 8 years because Steve Jobs had the foresight to push the iMac, a computer not designed for computer professionals but for everyone's Mom and Dad. I know I wouldn't buy my grandma an Amiga but I WOULD buy her an iMac.
And contrary to your statement from above, iBooks WILL have Ethernet (10/100BaseT, no less) built in and will seamlessly network (like every Mac has for the past several years) to anything you have in your house that's ready for a seamless network.
Don't get me wrong; I think the Amiga will be quite good. But you don't have to badmouth a perfectly viable company like Apple to get success for the Amiga. They cater to different markets.... The iMacs are for a market where people want easy access to the Internet and such. Amigas are not geared towards this market and never have been and, until they show a demo that does, I can't foresee them doing so in the future. I can't imagine Workbench being nearly as user-friendly as the MacOS.... Nothing has been to date, and everything about Amigas release is based upon company statements to this point.